Southern Lakes Newspapers buys The Beacon

Delavan-based Southern Lakes Newspapers, LLC, has purchased The Beacon, an every-other week general-interest newspaper in Williams Bay.

The Burlington Standard Press reported the sale closed Oct. 20 and the terms were not publicly disclosed, according to Jack Cruger, president and publisher of Southern Lakes Newspapers. The company owns 16 weekly community newspapers, shoppers and niche publications.

The Beacon features a mix of local news and features along with regional and syndicated content and its signature “Good Humour” section. Beacon publisher and editor Dennis West said that in addition to his own contributions as editor, his son, Mark West, will continue to handle advertising accounts for The Beacon. Wendy Shafer will also continue in her ad design role under Southern Lakes’ ownership.